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The Perfect Vodka Gimlet – With Grey Goose, Of Course

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Vodka Gimlet

It has come to the attention of my ever watching eye that this website gets hit quite often looking for information on the veritable Vodka Gimlet. I posted about my love for said drink in some post somewhere, and Google has picked it up and sent many a budding Gimlet connoisseur my way.

So I have, in my wisdom, decided it wise to share with you the perfect Vodka Gimlet recipe – from ingredients to the way to pre-treat the glass. Those in the know already know that a Vodka Gimlet is one of the easiest recipes to make. It requires very little skill and is big on taste. But there are things that can be done to make it even perfect-er, and here is Dave’s way of making the perfect Vodka Gimlet.

The reason I’m such a Gimlet fan is because while I like certain drinks and flavorful martinis, I’m not a huge fan of hard alcohol. I quite more often find myself dancing with a glass of wine or beer – I’ve enjoyed enough beer in my life to get a small nation toasted.

So drinking hard alcohol not being on my personal top 10 list of exciting and fun ways to spend my time (my brother will one day disown me for not appreciating a good scotch) I’m relatively picky about what mixed drinks or martinis I actually do ingest.

But sometimes a drink comes along that wakes up the taste buds to a new experience. Such was the deal when Sean’s wife first introduced my (breathtaking) girlfriend and me to a Vodka Gimlet one evening while we were visiting them. I was immediately hooked – as was the girlfriend.

It’s an easy drink to make. The basics are 1.5 oz of vodka to 1 oz of lime juice, mix, and serve. But a good Gimlet is so much more. Here’s the way to make yourself a perfect Gimlet (like the one I’m enjoying right now).

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A Sad Day

Posted by dave

A Sad Day.

Sidney Frank, the man who created arguably the best vodka on earth, Grey Goose – has passed away. He was 86 years old.

Grey Goose is the only vodka that the girlfriend and I will buy to make our favorite of martini flavors – the Vodka Gimlet. Grey Goose started the ultra-high-end vodka craze a mere 9 years ago, when he was 77. Since then, high-end vodka’s have sprung up all over the place to compete.

But vodka wasn’t this man’s only game. He was a billionaire booze baron, who played a role in the popularization of numerous liquors that you’ve heard of including J├Ągermeister – my college roommate’s drink of choice during the four year haze that was my university education. (Mine was beer, but if I tell you what kind, you’ll never respect me again.)

Anyway, this isn’t something that you’d come across in your daily news troll, but as I’m getting more into the business of booze, news like this passes my way, so I figured I’d share it. Forbes has a worthy obituary, chronicling this man’s booze-based career since the late 1940′s. An impressive career no doubt, and a man that most of you have to thank for at least one or two drinks that may have met your lips.

Thanks for everything Sidney, especially the Grey Goose. I’ll be sure to give a nod as I sip on a Grey Goose gimlet this weekend.

(Update – another good Forbes article on Sidney Frank.)

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